SPIRITUALITY, FAIR TRADE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
16
October
2013

Blog #6: Dollars, Sense, and Dignity

Text 1: Biennial evaluations of Mia have proven that the model improves the elderly's cognitive and physical health, reduction of prescription drugs, number of hospitalizations and emergency room admissions, uses of wheelchairs, and incidences of falls. Health care costs have subsequently been significantly reduced due to the decreased need for assistance.

Response 1: I think this piece of the text speaks a lot to the ability of the quality of someone's life and how much of a factor it is relating to health. It reminds me of the saying that smiling more makes you live longer. I hope this is true and I would have to agree that the surrounding environment plays a huge role in the lifespan of a person. Sometimes medicine is not always the answer. If I were an elderly person, I would much rather be in a system like Mia than in a nursing home taking numerous kinds of medicine. As it may have a homeopathic sentiment, I believe that being content rather than stressed can increase the lifespan and physical health of a person.

Text 2: "Living in an orphanage taught me to identify with those less fortunate, with their plight and needs. Ever since, i have not been able to face injustice and remain uninvolved."

Response 2: I feel a sentiment towards Conchy Bretos because like her, my stepmother immigrated to America from Cuba. I find it amazing that someone from another country, who some Americans would look at as "just another immigrant," was able to come here and do such a great thing for our country. Not only that, but she chose to identify with an age group that is not hers, which i find extremely unselfish. She is a great example of someone who chooses to come to the greatest country in the world not only to reap the benefits, but to give back so much more as well.



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